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Alaska to weigh three onsite marijuana consumption proposals

Omar Sacirbey  | June 26, 2017

The Alaska Marijuana Control Board next month will consider three proposals to allow onsite consumption in marijuana retail stores.

Under the board members’ recommendations, which will be considered at a July 11-14 meeting:

  • Customers would be allowed to try marijuana at a store, then would have to leave the premises. The site couldn’t provide …

Massachusetts picks panel to draft rec cannabis compromise

Bart Schaneman  | June 26, 2017

A six-member House-Senate conference committee has been selected to try to create a compromise bill to revamp the voter-approved recreational marijuana law in Massachusetts.

Legislative leaders assigned the panel Friday after the House formally rejected the Senate version of the bill.

The House conferees are Republican Hannah Kane and Democrats Mark Cusack and Ron …

Nevada enacts plan to start adult-use marijuana sales July 1

Kevin Huhn  | June 23, 2017

Nevada’s marijuana regulators believe they have found a way around a judge’s order that threatens to block the state’s first recreational marijuana sales scheduled to begin next month.

Gov. Brian Sandoval on Thursday signed an emergency regulation intended to allow rec sales to start July 1 at some existing medical dispensaries.

Under …

Rhode Island to form recreational cannabis study commission

Omar Sacirbey  | June 23, 2017

Rhode Island’s Senate and House of Representatives voted to end their debate over recreational marijuana legalization bills and instead created a 19-person commission to study the issue.

Among the commission’s mandates – after the Senate agreed Thursday with an earlier House vote to halt any MJ legislation – is the exploration of the recreational markets …

Week in Review: Massachusetts rec logjam, Pennsylvania MMJ grower licensees & Oregon testing woes

Bart Schaneman  | June 23, 2017

By Omar Sacirbey, Bart Schaneman and John Schroyer

Massachusetts lawmakers propose an overhaul to a voter-approved measure to legalize recreational cannabis, Pennsylvania awards 12 medical marijuana cultivation licenses, and Oregon continues to have MJ testing issues.

Here’s a closer look at some notable developments in the marijuana industry over the past week.

Vermont adult-use cannabis legalization bill stalls in legislature

Kevin Huhn  | June 22, 2017

The Vermont state House of Representatives has blocked consideration of a bill to legalize recreational marijuana in the state.

Lawmakers in the House refused to take up the bill late Wednesday during a special veto session.

The measure won approval in the Senate on a voice vote earlier in the day, and Senate negotiators said they …

Massachusetts House would repeal, replace rec marijuana bill

Omar Sacirbey  | June 22, 2017

The Massachusetts House of Representatives on late Wednesday approved a bill that would repeal and replace the adult-use marijuana law voters passed last November and would more than double the tax rate and require that cannabis business employees be fingerprinted in the process.

The state Senate must now work on its own version of the …

New York poised to add PTSD to MMJ qualifying conditions

John Schroyer  | June 21, 2017

New York’s five medical cannabis licensees are a signature away from being able to serve patients that suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

The state legislature on Tuesday gave final approval to a bill that would add PTSD to the qualifying conditions list for medical marijuana in the state. The bill heads now to Gov. …

Nevada judge halts licensing for adult-use cannabis distribution

Kevin Huhn  | June 20, 2017

Recreational marijuana sales in Nevada may not begin next month after all.

A judge on Tuesday extended a temporary order that prevents the state from issuing distribution licenses to existing medical marijuana dispensaries so they can begin recreational sales July 1.

Carson City District Judge James Wilson wrote in an 11-page ruling that the